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The relationship between patient blood pathology values and patient falls in an acute-care setting : a retrospective analysis

O`Hagan, Catherine and O`Connell, Beverly 2005, The relationship between patient blood pathology values and patient falls in an acute-care setting : a retrospective analysis, International journal of nursing practice, vol. 11, no. 2005, pp. 161-168, doi: 10.1111/j.1440-172X.2005.00519.x.

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Title The relationship between patient blood pathology values and patient falls in an acute-care setting : a retrospective analysis
Author(s) O`Hagan, Catherine
O`Connell, Beverly
Journal name International journal of nursing practice
Volume number 11
Issue number 2005
Start page 161
End page 168
Publisher Blackwell Publishing Asia
Place of publication Carlton, Vic
Publication date 2005
ISSN 1322-7114
1440-172X
Keyword(s) acute-care hospitals
ageing
risk assessment
Summary Few studies have investigated the relationship between patient falls and patient blood pathology values, which can reveal objective information about the health and nutritional status of a patient. It could be that some abnormal values are associated with patients that fall. The objectives of the current study were to determine whether blood pathology values were different in patients who fell compared to patients who did not fall, and whether there was a difference in the type and number of currently documented risk factors for falls found for patients who fell compared to patients who did not fall. A retrospective audit of patient incident reports and medical records was conducted in an acute-care hospital for 220 patients who fell and who did not fall. Faller and non-faller patients were matched by casemix type and length of stay. Findings revealed a significant relationship between patients who fell and the variables of age, confusion status and alkaline phosphatase blood values.
Language eng
DOI 10.1111/j.1440-172X.2005.00519.x
Field of Research 111003 Clinical Nursing: Secondary (Acute Care)
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2008, Blackwell Publishing Asia Pty Ltd
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30003113

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of Nursing and Midwifery
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